Post Tagged with: "Donald Trump"

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Spectre of Munich 1938 hangs over Singapore

Eighty years ago, British PM Neville Chamberlain went to Munich for a summit meeting with Adolf Hitler, to save the world from a military cataclysm. At the time, Hitler’s scientists were already working hard to unlock the destructive force of the atom. His „rocket men” were busy designing the first prototypes of the pilotless delivery vehicles that would pummel London […]

by · June 21, 2018 · Focus
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Québec.

The return of the Ugly American

Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau once quipped, in a good natured way, that living next to the US is like sleeping next to an elephant. After hearing this Sunday’s extraordinarily virulent and unfair attacks on his son, by Donald Trump and his White House lap-dogs, Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow, Canadians are bracing themselves: the elephant has gone […]

by · June 11, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán to Mr. Trump's left.

Hungary uses Israeli lobbying firm to mend fences with United States

The Orbán government had high hopes that the election of Donald Trump as president would lead to improved bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States–relations that had very much deteriorated since 2010, after Fidesz took power. The Orbán government had been paying Washington lobbyist Connie Mack around $112,000 per month, primarily to secure a much coveted Oval Office visit […]

by · April 19, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

In 2015, I penned an editorial in The New York Times warning against the growing influence in Europe of Hungary’s right wing prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Last Sunday Orbán was re-elected for a third consecutive term. His hold on power is more entrenched than ever, and his xenophobic, nationalist platform continues to spread beyond Hungarian borders. As U.S. Ambassador to […]

by · April 14, 2018 · Focus
Peter Munk (in sunglasses) with Deripaska (middle)

Oleg Deripaska’s Hungarian friends: Messrs. Munk, Demján and Csányi

President Donald Trump recently unveiled new sanctions against Russian officials, businesses and agencies. One of the prominent names on the list of targeted oligarchs is 50-year-old Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire. Deipaska has links to former Trump-campaign boss Paul Manafort, who is awaiting trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges lodged against him by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of […]

by · April 11, 2018 · East
Marla Maples with Katalin Bogyai

Can Marla Maples get Orbán invited to the White House?

To be a Hungarian diplomat in the United States is not an easy task. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who is called by his subordinates “The Boss” referring to his Sicilian methods, told them in no uncertain terms to do everything to get him an official invitation to the White House. Hungary’s “Viktator” is upset because he was ignored by the […]

by · March 2, 2018 · Politics
David Cornstein

White House leak? According to the Orbán government David Cornstein is the new US Ambassador

There was no announcement in Washington DC, nothing from the White House nor from the State Department; no news of an ambassadorial appointment. Yet, Budapest based pro-government Hungarian daily Magyar Idők has announced that President Donald Trump will send businessman David Cornstein to Budapest as the next US Ambassador. According to the paper they received this information from well-connected Hungarian […]

by · January 20, 2018 · Politics
Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

István Dobozi, a foreign policy adviser and a former senior economist with the World Bank, wrote a piece for the conservative Magyar Nemzet daily, in which he argued that under President Donald Trump, bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States have only improved ever so slightly, compared to its low point under the Obama administration. However, he added that […]

by · November 29, 2017 · Politics
Bill Browder speaking on CBC.

Canada’s Magnitsky Act may cause big ripples in Hungary and the U.S.

Bill S -226, which recently passed both the Senate and the House of Commons in Canada, may cause some sleepless nights for Hungarian strongman, Viktor Orbán, as he races towards an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in Hungary’s upcoming national elections. It may also have some unintended side-effects on the investigation into Russia’s intervention into last year’s US presidential […]

by · October 30, 2017 · Politics
President Trump and Ambassador Szabó (right) in the Oval Office.

Orbán is desperately trying to secure a White House invitation

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has told his US-based diplomats that he wants an invitation to the White House. Let’s face it, the Hungarian strongman is a bit insecure. Orbán has ruled Hungary with an iron fist since 2010 yet he couldn’t secure a photo op with a sitting US president in the Oval Office. The Hungarian Prime Minister thinks that […]

by · October 14, 2017 · Politics